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Posted May 21, 2014 - 08:12 PM

My son's yard has some pretty wet areas that his lawn tractor gets stuck .Thought that I  could make this Gravely 40" wing mower work as a pull behind with a little work He has a 4wd 4 wheeler , Not sure if those tires will be big enough . It started with some gas in the carb when it was shown to me . It needs a little work and servicing .

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Posted May 21, 2014 - 09:43 PM

That ought to do the trick!  :thumbs:



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Posted May 21, 2014 - 09:59 PM

Al, It should work for you, but if you have to you can always widen the caster forks and install wider tires.


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Posted May 22, 2014 - 05:25 AM

Kind of a neat design ,  the forward wheel pivots,, the one mounted closest to the tractor is pinned either the way it's shown or 90* so it can be towed with the draw bar ( but not can't mow that way ) That wheel is also positioned in line with the rear axle that's why it doesn't need to pivot and maybe helps guide it. The fellow I bought it from used it with a JD 318  but didn't use it anymore after he bought a bigger mower a few years ago


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Posted May 22, 2014 - 05:30 AM

Found a picture of what it looks like mounted behind a tractor

 

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Posted May 22, 2014 - 07:01 AM

That's a cool mower! I want to build something like that some time. Haven't much need, though, since getting the Toro GroundsMaster.



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Posted May 25, 2014 - 05:30 AM

Yesterday I wanted to see if I could get the engine started and give it a quick going over . After draining the old gas and fresh put in it still would only run on starting fluid . Removed the fuel bowel and tried spraying carb cleaner and small wire up the main jet ( I think lol  )  it ran :dancingbanana:   Next question was " how good ? "  By relocating the side support and making a longer one it hooked up to the PK pretty well . It seems to bog down in  thick grass that wasn't too tall either but I'm hoping some Sea-Foam with help .  It was pretty easy to control , though using it with a tractor that has a fel  makes too many things to keep from hitting things for me in my yard 

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Posted October 19, 2017 - 04:53 AM

Found this old thread about the Gravely mower . Right after that last post and picture I showed it to my son . He wasn't impressed at all , too low and the tires too small to go through the wet areas . He was right , I parked it near the wood shed only moving it out of the way at times . Another project that didn't make it or only started  :(   The wife makes sure I don't forget these lol .  A few weeks ago she wanted me to either get rid of it or fix it right ( for the 1000th time ). There was another issue with it , besides the wheels being too small they are on casters all but one so you couldn't pull it with the side support rod . I tried and it wanted to pass me on the slope using JD 318 lol .  I started by seperating the mower from the frame , I used front spindles and tires from a Wheel Horse and weld them to some metal to make it pull like a cart instead of 4 that independent of the hitch height . I did leave 1 caster wheel on the rear and the front fixed but they are off the ground a little just to keep the deck from scalping around the pond . I changed most of the height adjusting brackets , moved the mower offset to the frame so I could mow closer to the brush and pond . I wasn't sure how to make the tongue so I just used a 2x2 oak for now . Today will be a test run to see how well it will do then I'll make a tongue that will be able to offset easily . OK who am I kidding , if it works half way desent it will never get changed lol .; I'll get some pictures and a follow-up today 


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Posted October 19, 2017 - 06:11 AM

That is a cool way to mow. Love those oddball implements from way back.

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Posted October 19, 2017 - 06:23 PM

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Posted October 19, 2017 - 06:29 PM

20171019_125553.jpg Well the oak tongue didn't last very long but gave it a good test . I'll make a steel one now with maybe a caster mounted . Its heavy on front and to the left side . I will still make it adjustable so it cuts more to the left
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Posted October 20, 2017 - 05:48 AM

The more I think about how we will be using this , one is to pull through the wet areas and the other to cut around his 2 ponds , one about and acre and the other is 30'x 60' , it might make for a stronger attachment point by mounting the tongue along the right side of the frame instead of trying to pull from where it is now . When the oak broke it was when I got the left wheel off the edge of the pond . Going through the wet areas having it offset I could tell if it was getting too wet the the 4 wheeler because I was driving in the pervious cut . There were a few spots even in the middle of his yard that got too wet for the riding mower he has and this did a nice job though I have the deck set pretty high , better then having 2' high grass growing . If at some time the need comes that I would want to pull straight behind I could make the tongue it's self adjustable like some of the ones I've seen 


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